Yes I saw the old lady. It was her. She was standing right next to me. She stretched her hand as if asking me to hold it but I was not sure whether to so I did not stretch back.
That moment, I looked at her face and it looked old, skinny and dry. I realized she looked sad and miserable. Like she had been living in a land with no water, no life and no love. It felt like we had a connection…A special connection. I could feel her heartbeat. I could feel how sad she was. I could feel too much already and I was afraid. I was sure she could feel how fearful I was. I was afraid she would get more closer to me than she already had.
I did not know her.
I did not know where we were.
From afar, I could only see dark clouds. So dark that my weird and funny imaginations of me living in my dream house would easily be drafted right there. No, This time it was not funny. I was in front of a lady that I was not sure of. I did not even know where we were and what I was doing there. I looked at the other opposite direction and what I saw is indescribable.
She was there sad and depressed like she had been left by her loved ones and she was stretching her hand towards me like she expected me to make her feel better, To make her smile. I was not sure whether to give her a hug. Actually I was not sure whether I could feel her physically. So, I moved closer and let her hand hold my shoulder. She comfortably held it. Cold shiver ran down my spine not knowing what was going to happen next. She did not talk which meant I could not talk too. Everything was still. Dark and still.
What was this place? What was happening to me?
I saw her let out a smile after holding me. It was evident she felt safe and right at home. Abruptly, something happened. A magical feeling. I don’t know what that was but I felt better. The fear in me had been replaced by this sweet calm feeling that made me let out a smile. We smiled back at each other. I didn’t want this feeling to ever go away. I pat her hand that was on my shoulder and it was cold. So cold….I rubbed it against mine to make her feel warm. It was like she needed someone to look after her. Like she needed someone to make her smile. Like she needed someone to make her feel safe. She needed Love and I wanted to offer it to her whole heartedly.
After a few minutes, she let her hand off me and just stood there staring into the thin air. I did not know what she was thinking. I wished she could speak and let me know what this place was. I wished that she could open up on what was happening to her. The old lady only smiled and made facials. This time she smiled, it was like she had remembered something back in the days. I just stood there smiling because seen her happy made me happy too.
I was going to hold her hand when I heard some noise in the background. It was my alarm that had been ringing for some few minutes now. I felt confused and wondered what had just happened. I opened my eyes, switched off my alarm and just lay on my bed trying to figure out what the old lady meant in my dream. Why the special connection? Too many questions ran through my mind…
Remembering I had to take a cold shower made me reluctant to get out of bed so I just pulled my blankets back together and closed my eyes……….